Pause works with those who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. We aim to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.

We create a space for change, allowing women to focus on themselves, sometimes for the first time in their lives. Every person we work with is treated as an individual. Our relationship-based approach supports them to build their self-esteem and develop their aspirations.

Welcome to Practices 19 and 20

We are delighted to welcome Wigan and Rotherham to the Pause Practice network. Our Practices are supporting women who have had children removed from their care, building their self-esteem and confidence through a bespoke programme of work. Working with partners in the third and public sectors, Pause is making a positive impact on the lives of families across the country. To find our more about our Practices, click here.


Find out what it’s like to be a Pause Practitioner

Pause Practitioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including frontline social work, drug and alcohol services, domestic abuse support and the criminal justice system. What is a constant for all of them, though, is their commitment to Pause and supporting Participants through the 18-month programme. Find out more about their work and read a beautiful poem from the award-winning Simon Armitage, based on one of our Practitioners in Hull here.


Pause packs a punch, says independent evaluation

An extremely effective programme that has a positive and significant impact and saves money: that’s the ringing endorsement of Pause by an evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund. Pause was found to improve the lives of those it works with, increasing engagement with other services, including healthcare, and tackling issues of self-esteem and trauma, and most significantly reducing the number of children needing to go into care. Read more here